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Written by Rob Schultz (human).

#2,130: It Follows

Swingers - ★★★½
Such an LA movie. So many little gags that I don't think I'd appreciate without living here. It's probably nonsense, but I felt a little bit of fake nostalgia, or maybe envy, for Mike's computer-free lifestyle in his little apartment across the street from the scientologists.

Dazed and Confused - ★★½☆☆
In much the same way that I was better able to appreciate Swingers for having lived in LA, I can't help but think that I'm not appreciating this movie to the fullest by not having lived in the 70's. This is not a high school experience that I simply missed out on, this is a high school experience that no longer existed in any recognizable fashion 20-some years later, if it ever existed at all. I'm glad I finally saw this, but it's nostalgia for something completely alien to me.

To Live and Die in L.A. - ★★☆☆☆
More like To Live and Die in Long Beach.

A story of the Secret Service's worst agents, featuring an incredible-for-its-day car chase and honest-to-goodness character arcs, both of which have had their edge somewhat dulled by decades of CGI reproductions.

Cinderella - ★½☆☆☆
I don't really want to believe in 'boy movies' and 'girl movies,' but this one just wasn't for me. The storybook dialogue was too ridiculous, the story itself was too beat-for-beat exactly the way you know it, the choice to make references to the cartoon was almost as weird as the fact that they apparently recorded a lot of the songs and then didn't use them. Was this going to be a musical at some point?

I am glad they went all-in on sincerity, at least, but this felt like a movie based on a wikipedia summary of another movie.

It Follows - ★★★★★
I wanted to put that line from Death Proof here, "kind of cool, kind of sexy, kind of funny but definitely not funny looking" or however that goes.

I really think that a lot of the reviewers of and commenters on this movie are getting it wrong. The movie isn't saying that sex is bad, it's saying that growing up is tough.

#2,125: Focus

Citizenfour - ★★★★☆
Very interesting to get to see a record of a moment like this as it happens, not 50 years after the death of everyone involved, on a participant's deathbed, or reconstructed from leftover, fading printouts.

Safe - ★★☆☆☆
It's really interesting how not interesting this movie is. Over and over, I'd cotton to the idea of what the movie was going to be about, settle myself in for a story about X, and then this isn't a movie about X. Or almost anything else. I don't feel like I need to know whether her problems are psychosomatic or real, but I guess I want the movie to have an opinion. About anything.

The Fast and the Furious - ★★★☆☆
I guess I never bothered with this movie before because I thought it was going to be dumb. And, it was dumb. But that's okay.

Focus- ★★½☆☆
Luckily, this is better than the trailer. I wonder if now would be a good time to mention that I've been using MoviePass this year. It's a flat fee for almost-unlimited movie tickets. So if you've been reading along and worrying about me as I report back on some of the worst of what 2015 has had to offer so far, then a) fear not, but b) I am somewhat concerned that the Wednesday night ticket taker at my local cinema just thinks that we're a couple of idiots, seeing all these sub-par movies.

Anyhow, Focus plays out pretty much just like you might expect it to, if you're paying any attention at all, or you've seen a con man flick before. It's a little bit of a drag that the most fun scam in the movie is based in complete nonsense, and a little bit more of a drag that it takes place so early in the movie. I thought it was odd that the filmmakers opted to force a needless R-rating. I wonder if it was a kind of excuse insurance against low box office.

If I knew anyone else who had seen this, maybe I'd like discussing with them how many acts they think this movie has.